Sunday, April 7, 2013

First blooms!

The first flowers!  It's not much but I found a couple yellow violets (Viola nuttallii) on the south side of Green Mountain just up from the Utah parking area. These violets are interesting in that they attract bumblebees and butterflies, but if there aren't many pollinators, they also produce a later type of flower which is self-pollinating and is a backup to the showy early flowers.
Yellow Violet (Viola nuttallii)
The mountain is greening up, but the wildflowers are still developing their first leaves.  Once the violets start, they are usually a bunch more within the next week or two.  With a storm predicted for next week hopefully we'll get some moisture that will give us a good year for flowers.  

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